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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Local artist Bill Baily — who often paints fruit — said the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is a great opportunity to share his art.

The 48th annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts begins Friday and veteran participant and professional artist Bill Baily has offered some insight as to what has made the event such an enduring success.

Baily, a local painter whose work has been displayed in the festival for more than 35 years, believes that the Lake Oswego community has a special appreciation for the arts.

'The festival is a great overall exposure of artwork to this community,' he said, adding that the event is especially exciting because of the diversity of artistic mediums on display.

'On a personal level, the festival is a great opportunity for me to introduce my art to the public,' Baily said, explaining why the event is such a hit with local artists.

Throughout his years participating in the festival, Baily has become familiar with and fond of several local artists and their work including Nancy Tongue, Susan Spears and Peter O'Brien.

Artwork by Tongue, Spears and O'Brien will also be on display at this year's festival. All three specialize in painting, mainly in watercolor.

While he also primarily works in watercolor, this year, a few of Baily's mixed media pieces will be featured in the Open Show.

The three-day festival runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (craft booths close at 8 p.m.) and concludes Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All events are along State Street, either at George Rogers Park or the Lakewood Center for the Arts.